Class Descriptions

 

Below are the descriptions for the classes we will be offering Spring 2020. If you would like a printable PDF, click the tab below.

Spring 2020 Class Descriptions

2D Animation Using Blender 

On the computer, express your stories and ideas through 2D animation! I will be going over the basics of 2D animation and drawing in 3D spaces. This course will prepare you with the fundamentals of 2D animations for multiple purposes. Whether it be cartoons or home projects, you are sure to have a blast with your new skills.

 

3D Art (grades 1-4)

Are you creative?  In this class we will make art using different mediums? Creating Art in this 3D class is for fun person at heart. We will be making 3 dimensional art forms using wire, paper, cardboard and more. On hands utilization of various materials will be used.

 

3D Printing and Modeling

This class is an informative adventure into the world of 3d Modeling and printing. You’ll learn how to use a modeling software, and then turn those 3d models into life. We will dive into some amazing projects like making a 3d printed rocket that can fly, animal prosthetics, even making jewelry and other awesome projects. If you want to learn about this amazing technology in the modern era, this is the class to take. 

 

American Sign Language 

If you are a first timer, this is the class to take if you want to learn basic sign language through fun class games and partner practice. This class will prepare you for ASL 2nd Semester. 

 

American Sign Language - 2nd Semester

This class is for students who have taken ASL from me at least one other semester. We will be learning basic conversations in sign language alongside some deaf culture by way of partner practice and group games. This class can prep you for further learning in ASL down the road as a potential field of study.

 

Acoustic Guitar

This class has been created to introduce students to the world of guitar. Starting with basic chord learning and song playing, students will also gain a knowledge of basic music theory and rhythm structure. They will also have a blast while doing so! Students will perform a song at the end of semester Rock Creek Showcase.

 

All Things Theater (grades 2-5)

This class is designed for the student who is interested in all things theater. Students will participate in improv exercises, learn about puppetry, and acting while playing theater games whose focus is on teaching the actor’s  tools without the pressure of putting on a play. Taught by Lettie S. De Anda, a teaching artist with a Masters in theater, a professional actor, and director with over 20 years of experience.

 

Art and Design ( grades 2-12)

What is Surface Design? Come join me in creating conscious choices of the placement of line, color and shape. Surface design is any type of artwork, graphic pattern, illustration, doodle...etc.) made by one that is intended to be applied to a surface to enhance its visual appearance and/or functionality. Believe it or not, the majority of everything around you and your home was made by a surface designer in one way or another. Beginner or advanced I will work with you individually to challenge your artistic ability and creativity. Your choice of medium!
 

Art of Penmanship

We will focus this semester on modern calligraphy and practice a few different styles of cursive. We will also learn a few artistic block lettering techniques. We will integrate the learning with projects such as creating gift cards, posters, letters, and more.

 

Art!Story!Music!

This class is designed to  cultivate creative minds while fostering budding social skills. Children this age are intrinsically artistic and curious, this class facilitates expression through developmentally appropriate art projects, books and LIVE MUSIC each and every class! 

 

Build a Computer (Step By Step)

This class teaches one of the most necessary skills that are fundamental to our society; How to use a computer. Throughout the first few weeks of class, we will be talking about how to properly, and safely use a computer and how they work. Towards the end of the class, we will explore the world of technology, by walking through what each component inside a computer does, and how it works. Within the final few weeks, we will be building a fully working computer completely from scratch!

 

Chess

Kids will enjoy learning how to play one of the oldest board games known to man. Starting with basic piece movements ramping up to specific strategies and defenses to achieve victory. Chess is a game that increases critical thinking and memorization skills like no other and it's incredibly fun!

 

Comic and Character Drawing

This class is meant to help aspiring artists make a believable, memorable character and then successfully tell a story about that character. You will learn how to make your comics come to life, and tear your readers from the real world and straight into your story. You will learn how to make your story have smooth flow, effective speech bubble placement, strategic text / dialogue, and drastic angles for your characters.

 

If your story is scary, this class will help you give your comic's establishing shots an eerie feel. Should your comic be meant for a good laugh, choice of moment and even pun brainstorming will be included! Stop by to learn how to create a world of your very own, inhabited by characters only YOU can make! This is Comic and Character drawing.

 

Cooking 

This is an international adventure to explore different countries while cooking and… eating. Enjoy hands on learning of various cuisines and spices from around the world. This class will introduce some basic cooking skills while virtually traveling. 

 

Create Your Own Culture

In this anthropology/creative writing class, students create their own, imaginary culture. They will consider the art, stories, geography, technology, and other aspects that distinguish one culture from another using real world and fictional examples, and, by the end of the semester, will have a profile of their culture, including sample artifacts. Students can work in small groups or individually.

 

This course addresses a wide variety of middle school social studies standards. 

 

DIY Musical - From Camelot to Hamilton

Let’s make our own musical! Students will get to sing songs they like from musicals or other sources and work together to create a plot to make it all come together.

 

This course includes elements of music and creative writing.

 

Doodling For Cricut (2hr)

Doodling is whatever you want it to be. It is a time to let your mind be free and express yourself through your pen or pencil. We will then take all your creative doodles and make t-shirts and other projects using a Cricut machine. Come ready to bring your art to life!

 

Drum Circle 

A drum circle is about making music and it’s also about communication and self expression. Drum circles break down social barriers and bring people together. Our focus of study will be Batucada. Batucada is an African-influenced Brazilian percussive style usually performed by an ensemble. Batucada is known for its repetitive style and fast pace.

Hand Building With Clay 

With clay handbuilding and sculpting, you can create coil or more intricate pots, or a statue/figurine! This class will take you through the adventure of using your hands to model a shapeless blob into what you want it to be! Learn coil, slab, and pinch clay handbuilding techniques while designing your desired art masterpiece. Learn the use of the clay sculpting tools and the glazing and firing process. Create your own portfolio or create personal gifts for your loved ones!

 

High School Philosophy

Is lying ever the right thing to do? Is there such a thing as fate? How can you tell if something is real? In this philosophy discussion group, we will introduce some of history's biggest thinkers, from Plato to Sartre, and explore our own answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. Sometimes talking can be the best path to thinking, so you like to think out loud, this might be the class for you!

 

Note: Some of these questions can lead to political or religious topics. All viewpoints will be discussed respectfully and none will be presented as "correct," but if you are interested in this class and this is a concern for you, feel free to contact Ms. Ellen with any questions.

 

This course focuses on critical thinking and historical thought.

 

High School: The 20th Century Through Movie Lenses

Documentaries tell us facts, but sometimes other movies can tell us even more.  Every week, students will watch a film at home and we will talk about it in class. Some films have mature content. Please review the film list to determine if it is appropriate for your student.

 

Tentative film list:

Titanic, Iron Jawed Angels, All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, The Education of Little Tree, The Grapes of Wrath, Gandhi, The Great Dictator, Casablanca, The Imitation Game, Doctor Strangelove, Selma, The Hunt for Red October, Cry Freedom, and Argo.

 

This course can be used to supplement to US or world history studies.
 

History of Weaponry

In this class we will discuss the technological, cultural, and historical development of various historical weapons throughout the world (and some more modern).  We will learn about their design, development, purposes, challenges, modern impacts, and common misconceptions. Weapons have both represented shifts in the state of the world and have caused said shifts.

 

Note - The nature of this content does not require it to be overly gruesome or dark, but because it is a history of weapons, their origins, advancement, and impact on human history, it necessitates discussion of violence and conflict.  

 

IEW: All Things Fun and Fascinating

Using the IEW source book “All Things Fun and Fascinating” students will learn the fundamentals of the IEW writing process while exploring the necessary grammar for success. “Humorous characters, cunning creatures, and meritorious men of history” embody this writing source. Students will take notes, summarize narrative stories, write from pictures, put together a mini-research report, and compose creative essays. 

 

IEW: Ready for College Writing

Using the IEW source book “Elegant Essay Writing Lessons : Building Blocks for Analytical Writing” we will create essays that will prepare students for a higher level of critical thinking, skills, and mechanics in writing. Developing writing skills prepares students with valuable life skills in communications.

 

Intro to Comedy

Description coming soon.

 

Intro to Film and Storytelling

In this class we will talk about core concepts of storytelling, classic story structure, and the nuances of putting together a story in the unique medium of film.  Students will learn about the three-act structure, writing scripts, as well as more technical conventions of film and their purpose in story telling (such as lighting, camera angles, types of editing, etc).  In the class students will get opportunities to write short scripts, create character bios, storyboards, and plan lighting and shooting set-ups.

 

JR Kodu Game Programming

Kodu is an incredibly powerful, yet easy to understand, game development platform from Microsoft. Students will learn the basics of how to use the Kodu game platform as well as learning entry-level programming logic, all while developing their own 3D games. In the several years that I have been teaching this class I have always been amazed at the creativity and deep level of thought that the students have applied to the games that they have created.

 

JR. Robotics With Lego WeDo 2.0

Students will learn basic robotics and computer programming starting with the standard building and programming instructions included with the kit. They will then have the opportunity to explore their creativity and ingenuity by building their own creations from scratch or expand on existing models. Construction is as simple as building with legos and the programming is via a graphical drag and drop interface that kids already understand and are comfortable with.

 

Joy of Dancing

Learn the art of dance with fun games and upbeat music! Dancing is a great way to exercise and learn confidence. Throughout the semester we will learn basic jazz moves, with a performance for family and friends at the end! 

 

Jr. Improv

Warren Buffett told business students that public speaking is the most valuable skill they can learn. Improv is a form of public speaking or theater that does not use a script. This course prepares students to react in unpredictable situations, and settings. Students will become more comfortable speaking in front of an audience with spontaneity. They will learn to take risks in a safe environment in front of an audience that will respect and support them. 

 

Kodu Game Programming

Kodu is an incredibly powerful, yet easy to understand, game development platform from Microsoft. Students will develop their own 3D games in an individual or team environment. In the several years that I have been teaching this class I have always been amazed at the creativity and deep level of thought that the students have applied to the games that they have created.

 

Lego Studio

The world of Lego has expanded into areas most of us could not imagine, from art and engineering, robotics and architecture, and even movie making. The days of building simple houses and people from scratch, while still possible, are a thing of the past.The ideas and projects that test the student’s creativity and problem solving skills are limitless.

 

To get their creative juices flowing, students will be tasked with exploring the following Lego themes:

  • Microscale - Want to build a city or a scene? Build it in microscale and you don’t need a room full of Legos to do it. Microscale taps into and requires a lot of creativity on the students part, but the awe inspiring result is well worth it.

  • Game Design and Creation - Students can recreate existing classic games or design and create their own.

  • Art in 2D and 3D - Using sculpture, mosaic, and even block printing, students can recreate the works of the masters or bring their own ideas to life.

  • Intro to Engineering - Using Technics and Mindstorms

  • Design With Lego Digital Designer

 

Most importantly, students will have the opportunity to learn and explore the many areas of Lego design and creation and the freedom to expand or develop their passion for the world’s most popular “toy” in an unforeseen and unpredictable fashion.

 

Legos With Friends 

Building Legos is really fun, but building Legos with friends is even better. The focus of this class will be on following step-by-step instructions, telling stories, creating new structures, sharing with others, and a lot more. Students will learn to build with others yet still have the freedom to explore their design abilities and creativity. And what better tool than Legos.

 

This class fosters communication skills as well as math standards for early elementary students. 

 

Let's Put on a Play (grades 4-7)

This fun fast paced class will get students on stage and acting on day one. Learn all about creating characters, make strong character choices, learn how to move on stage, use the actor’s tools to work together, and learn what it takes to put on a play. Taught by Lettie S. De Anda, a teaching artist with a Masters in theatre, a professional actor, and director with over 20 years of experience.

 

Make Your Own 3D Character Using Blender

On the computer, make your drawing or your character concept come to life in 3D! In this class I’ll be teaching you the fundamentals of making a character in 3D including modeling and sculpting. I will also show you texturing, coloring and posing. We will start with making some basic heads and work up to a full model.

 

Making a Medieval Festival

Paint a fresco in fresh plaster, illuminate a manuscript, learn about arms and armor, and more while we get ready to throw a Medieval festival for our friends and family.

 

This course can be used as a supplement to world history studies.

 

Manga Drawing

Manga is an amazing art style! Not only is it fun to draw, but with the right methods, it can become extremely beautiful and detailed. There are so many styles to learn, and this class is going to explore several. Find YOUR unique Manga stye, and make several  memorable characters, be they Chibi style or realistic. You will learn how to help your characters express who they are. Sweet, brooding, cool, or funny, you will know exactly how to make any character you choose and show their attitude in ONE picture. Pose your character in an environment and presto! You have a Manga comic / story in the making!

 

Math Lab/Math Games

Students will bring their math homework to complete and get the help of a teacher if necessary.  When the work is complete math related games will be available to play.

 

Math With Pokemon and Other Games 

Math is everywhere, that is true. And playing with math can be the best way to help students how important math is. For me this class’s analogy is kind of putting zucchini in the muffins. Kids will be doing math for one hour not even realizing that they did so. Games will include of course Pokemon where kids have to count their points, but also Battleships (graph games), Chess, Kubits, Monopoly,  Mastermind, Blockus, Payday and much more… 

 

Medical Science for Future Healthcare Professionals

Has your child ever shown an interest in the possibility of a career in the medical field? If the answer is yes… this is the class for them. In this class, we will be introducing the basic knowledge and skills required for anyone in the medical field through hands on activities. This class will cover skills such as CPR/BLS, basic first aid, sutures, how to use an AED, and a basic vitals evaluation. Students will practice using what they have learned by completing simulations of possible realistic situations.

 

This is not a certification course, your student will not earn an official certification at the end of this course but real knowledge nonetheless

 

Micro-Science

Bring on the Geek! This semester we will explore more of our microscopic world through chemistry and biology concepts with activities and experiments. This hands on approach to understanding the world around us, the world we can’t see with the naked eye, allows students to gain and retain more scientific information and enjoy the process.

 

Middle School Spanish

This class will introduce Spanish for middle school age students. This is a serious class for focused students. The students will work with a workbook and will have some homework. 

 

Minecraft Structure of a Civilization 

This class aims to help students learn the fundamentals of how civilizations work in a fun and engaging environment. Students will learn to cooperate and work together to build their own civilization from scratch. Each group of students will elect a mayor; the leader of their group, and attempt to build towns with functioning economic and political structures. Using teamwork to accomplish specific goals, Students will be put through many challenges that will help develop social and cooperation skills.

 

Oasis: Quiet and Creative Work 

One of the definitions of the word “oasis” is: something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast… that is what we will be offering for students that want some time to create their own work. It might be for homework, drawing, reading or working on the computer. You can bring your own work or we will provide some activities.

 

Odyssey (Th) 1-2: Math, Science, Language Arts, and More (3 Hours and Lunch)

Odyssey is an enrichment program created to supplement or complement what you do at home. In an environment where kids can thrive while spending time with friends. The focus will be on academic concepts in a playful and relaxed environment. Classes will include arts and crafts, board games, puzzles, science experiments, outdoor play, mini figures, and teaching games.

 

The program is offered to students grades 1 to 2.

 

Odyssey (Th) 2-3: Math, Science, Language Arts, and More (3 Hours plus Lunch)

Odyssey is an enrichment program created to supplement or complement what you do at home. In an environment where kids can thrive while spending time with friends. The focus will be on academic concepts in a playful and relaxed environment. Classes will include arts and crafts, board games, puzzles, science experiments, outdoor play, mini figures, and teaching games.

 

The program is offered to students grades 2 to 3.

 

Odyssey (Th) TK-K: Math, Science, Language Arts, and More (3 Hours and Lunch)

Odyssey is an enrichment program created to supplement or complement what you do at home. In an environment where kids can thrive while spending time with friends. Books will be read! Science will be tested! Some language arts, some painting, some crafts, some acting some live music and much more...  

 

Children will develop important social skills, express themselves through movement and music all while developing the ability to transition from one activity to another. Learning can and will be FUN!! 

 

Odyssey (W)  K: Math, Science, English, Art and more (3 Hours and Lunch)

Odyssey is an enrichment program created to supplement or complement what you do at home. In an environment where kids can thrive while spending time with friends. Books will be read! Science will be tested! Some language arts, some painting, some crafts, some acting some live music and much more…

 

Children will develop important social skills, express themselves through movement and music all while developing the ability to transition from one activity to another. Learning can and will be FUN!! 

 

One Shot Role Play (DnD Type Games)

Slaying dragons, saving princesses, raiding dungeons, a fantasy we have all wanted to live. Well, sort of. In this class we take a look at a whimsical style of roleplaying, where rather then going on an epic quest into a dungeon, we… have a heist. For honey. As bears. But that doesn’t take anything away from the fun experience this class provides. This class is from the works of Grant Howwit, who writes one-shot roleplays (Meaning you only play it one time through, rather than a story that you do for weeks and weeks). Some of the games we will be exploring is “the beast” Where you will play a beast hunter trying to track down and save a town from a vicious beast, “We that remain” A roleplay about surviving in a post-apocalyptic world, “Reverse Beastmaster” Where rather than a strong beastmaster, who can have an animal at his beck and call, you are a human who has to respond to the beck and call of the animals.

 

P.E. High School Urban - Hikes Wandering with Walt Whitman

There are two things that our high schoolers need the most when they homeschool. The first one is the opportunity to get some physical activity for the PE log. The other is getting together with friends. The portion where Walt Whitman, the famous poet, is involved is that he teaches how to be in the present and wander and explore the world around us… That is exactly what this class will be about.

 

Note: This class is for high school students and it will require to walk around the vicinity off site of Rock Creek Campus. Permission for student to be off campus with the teacher will be required. 

 

P.E. Intro to Fencing

Dueling has been an art for thousands of years. The need to train swordsmen for combat led to fencing as a sport. Domenico Angelo, was an Italian sword and fencing master in the 1700th who was the first to emphasize the health and sporting benefits of fencing.

 

This class will introduce the student to the world of fencing and sword fighting. Lots of skills like coordination, physical fitness and quick/critical thinking will be introduced and practiced during this class.  Leading evidently to the learning of basic techniques specific to the sport of fencing. This fencing class will be using mainly foam epees for safety. 

 

P.E. Martial Arts/Self Defense

In this class kids will learn how to build self- discipline, Self Respect, self Confidence, and self control. Karate will help in developing motor skills, balance, and coordination. Children will be taught to make good choices,learning to listen, follow directions, and work as a team. Students will also learn basic block kicks punches self defense and safety.

P.E. Outdoor Play

In this class students will join in organized outdoor activities to get them exercising in the most fun way, through group games. In the first half hour to 45 minutes, students participate in one of a multitude of group games.The last portion of the class is dedicated to individualized play, in which students may choose their own creative activity.  

 

P.E. Yoga 

In Yoga, we will give kids an introduction to yoga and mindfulness through a series of games and activities. Mindfulness  is essentially being aware of our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and the surrounding environment. The focus of this class will be getting familiar with the most common yoga poses, moving our bodies, and building the foundation for kids to be able to manage the ups and downs of life without letting stress or other negative emotions build up.

 

Painting 

Learn painting techniques on canvas, sketches, and ceramic tiles and figurines. Go through step by step tutorials to learn the procedures and gain the skills to create a masterpiece while still have the freedom to personalize your painting. Learn the shading, highlights, and color mixing techniques with acrylics, watercolors, and ceramic paints.

 

Piano 2

This class will be for a very small group of students who want to learn the basics of piano playing. If you know some piano or if you were in piano last semester and want to keep learning this class is for you. We will teach you and challenge you at your pace and level. (Not for very advanced pianist) 

 

Play To Learn Spanish

This class will introduce students to the Spanish language. Learning will take place through games, songs and lots of fun. For beginners. 

 

Pretend Play: Let’s Pretend

This class will be used to spark student creativity, using costumes, toys, and interactive play.  Over the weeks we will build forts, wear costumes, play with pretend food, play with puppets… so many things to spark the kids imagination and allow students to express their creative side. The children work together to create the entire imaginary world themselves, from the pretend food to the tarp tents.

 

Pretend play fosters social and emotional development and helps young students meet a variety of early language arts and social studies standards.

Private Ukulele or Guitar Lessons

One on one lessons for students wanting to learn Ukulele or Guitar. What students will learn: basic chords, rhythm structure, introductory music theory, and how to play songs. Private instruction allows for customized lesson planning per student needs. There is no joy quite like learning a musical instrument!

 

Programming With Javascript/HTML/CSS

In this modern world, the Internet is everywhere. Learning how to manipulate the net and use it to display your website is a very important skill to have. In this class we will be teaching you how to build your own website from scratch. Whether you pursue a career in art, technology or entrepreneurship, learning how to build your own website can benefit you substantially.

 

Note: Students considering taking this class are highly encouraged to take Mr. Jim’s Intro to Programming workshop (free) during the Winter break (sign up through the meetup group) to insure that they are at the skill level needed for success in this class.

 

Programming With Roblox

Roblox is a game creation platform which allows players to create their own games using its proprietary engine, Roblox Studio. Students will code their games via an Object Oriented Programming system utilizing the programming language Lua to manipulate the environment of the game.

 

Game creation options range from traditional racing and role-playing games to simulations and obstacle courses all played in a vast virtual world.

 

Note: Students considering taking this class will be required to take Mr. Jim’s Intro to Programming workshop (free) during the Winter break (sign up through the meetup group) to insure that they are at the skill level needed for success in this class.

 

Programming With Scratch

Scratch is a graphical programming language, where students will drag and drop code blocks to make a range of programs, including animations, stories, musical instruments and games.

 

Students will learn coding concepts and create interactive projects without needing to learn a text-based programming language. This means they won’t be slowed down by their keyboard skills or the ability to remember complex code.

 

Through programming with Scratch, students will improve their problem solving skills, increase their creativity, become better at communicating ideas.

 

Programming in Python

If you are looking to start learning how to program, Python is a great choice to start. This class encompasses the basics of Python programming by taking students through the simple steps needed to understand the fundamentals of any coding language. We will learn about loops, conditional statements, inputs and more throughout this course.

 

Note: Students considering taking this class are highly encouraged to take Mr. Jim’s Intro to Programming workshop (free) during the Winter break (sign up through the meetup group) to insure that they are at the skill level needed for success in this class.

 

Public Speaking

Discover the 7 keys of effective public speaking through improvisation, humor, and presentation practice. Whether you are comfortable in front of an audience or mostly mortified, this class will help to build your communication skills in a fun, safe, and relaxed environment. You will be pleased by your growth between the first and last class. 

 

Robotics With Lego Mindstorms

Students will learn basic robotics and computer programming starting with the standard building and programming instructions included with the kit. They will then have the opportunity to explore their creativity and ingenuity by building their own creations from scratch or expand on existing models. Students will learn basic programming logic via an easy to use and understand drag and drop interface.

Rube Goldberg and Rube Goldberg Jr

A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and over complicated fashion. Often, these machines consist of a series of simple devices that are linked together to produce a domino effect, in which each device triggers the next one, and the original goal is achieved only after many steps. Students will construct these interconnected machines using dominoes, jenga, marble run, kinex, hot wheels track, legos, various balls, string, tape, cardboard, and any other materials we can get our hands on. But the main ingredient is as always, their imagination and creativity. Just as the students are grasping the main concepts, they will be challenged through fun and interesting team and individual contests from time to time.

STEM With Lego Engineering

Students will explore the many areas of science, technology, and engineering starting with design and construction of simple machines, working their way up to more complex physics and creations as their skill level warrants. 

 

Students will explore the following themes:

  • Lego Engineering - Creating solutions to everyday problems from simple to more complicated.

  • STEM with Simple and Powered Machines - The pulley, wedge, inclined plane, wheel and axle, lever, and the screw as well all kinds of gears will be explored and expanded on to make more complex machines. 

  • Lego Maker projects - students will create cool and interesting devices all in the Maker tradition.

 

Each project will be based on the individual student’s own skill level, leaving plenty of room for them to develop and expand their own creativity and problem solving skills.

 

Science Adventure

Description coming soon.

 

Sewing/Knitting/Crafting with Miss Manisha 

This class is for all levels of Sewing, Quilting or Knitting. Your choice! If you like to create and design this class will be fun for you! I will lead the way for each individual in guiding and educating you on the different basic stitches. You can choose your own project. Creating scarfs, beanies, throws, quilts, dresses, bags...For beginners to advanced I will work with you individually based on your ability.

 

Show Me a Story (Storytelling Without Writing)

Children will use a variety of mediums such as wooden disks, necklaces, stones, and glass jars to tell a story. They will use their own lives, imaginations and experiences to express a story without writing.

 

This course helps students meet a variety of language arts standards.

 

Slime: Sensory Activities 

This is a sensory class that will provide the opportunity for students to explore and experience different textures and materials. We will make slime, oobleck, scrubs and more. We will also use essential oils to enhance the sensory practice. This class will be messy!

 

This course helps students explore math and science standards for measurement and states of matter.

 

Stop Motion Movie Making

Students will create stop action movies using various materials to include 2 dimensional paper scenes and quickly advancing to more complex scenes with lego sets and people. They will start out learning the basics of movie editing with Microsoft Movie Maker followed by more complex movie creation in a fun and entertaining atmosphere.

 

Story Time The Wonderful World of Eric Carle

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? I see children learning about themselves and the world around them through visually engaging books and theme related art projects from the library of Bill Martin and Eric Carle!  This class fosters language and social development through books, art and free play! Learning and growing can and will be fun! 

 

Study Hour / Oasis 

One of the definitions of the word “oasis” is: something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast… that is what we will be offering for students that want some time to create their own work. It might be for homework, drawing, reading or working on the computer. You can bring your own work or we will provide some activities.

 

Teen Art Tour

This class is designed for the teenage students who are passionate about art and would like to explore different art techniques in a relaxing and fun environment. Each week we will rotate to a new project and new art media to learn and to create a masterpiece. From clay handbuilding, acrylic canvas painting, to ceramic painting, your student will be inspired and guided to create their own artistic design.

 

Teen Improv

Warren Buffett told business students that public speaking is the most valuable skill they can learn. Improv is a form of public speaking or theater that does not use a script. This course prepares students to react in unpredictable situations, and settings. Students will become more comfortable speaking in front of an audience with spontaneity. They will learn to take risks in a safe environment in front of an audience that will respect and support them. 

 

Teen Pathfinder (DnD) (2 Hours)

In this class students will create their own fantasy heroes and embark on a quest with a team of like-minded adventurers.  This shall be done through the use of the table-top roleplaying game: Pathfinder. This game provides rules for building champions and heroes similar to the warriors, wizards, and rogues of fairy tales and Lord of the Rings. Together, students will defeat evil monsters, solve puzzles, evade traps, rescue kingdoms from ruin, and gather wondrous treasures.

 

This course promotes problem solving and communication skills.

 

Teen Short Film Production (2 Hours)

Description coming soon.

 

Teatro en Espanol

This class will focus on speaking Spanish and using theatre and acting to help students get a better understanding of conversational Spanish while working together with other students to act and create Spanish language scenes and reading plays and/or stories with Spanish themes. Taught by Lettie S. De Anda, a teaching artist with a Masters in theatre, a professional actor, and director with over 20 years of experience.

 

Time For Manners

Description coming soon.

 

Ukulele 2

This is a continuation of the Introductory Ukulele class. Students joining this class should already have a basic understanding of the ukulele or have previously taken the introductory course. Students will continue to progress with a more in depth approach to chord shapes, strumming patterns, rhythm structure, song selection and song writing. Students will be performing at the end of semester rock Creek Showcase.   

 

Ukulele 

This class will introduce students to Hawaiian joy in the form of the Ukulele. A highly recommended class for students that have never played a stringed instrument before. This introductory class will have students learning chords, rhythm structure, basic music theory and popular songs throughout the semester with an end of semester performance at the Rock Creek Showcase. Students will have a blast learning classic songs including: "Over the Rainbow”, “Lava", and many more.  

 

Weird and Wacky Musical Instruments

The Melodica, a Stylophone, Boom whackers. All instruments I would be blown away if you knew what they were. As they name suggests we look at and learn how to play some of the weirdest instruments of the world, their histories, and origins.

 

Witty Wordplay

Synonyms, anagrams, palindromes, homophones, homographs, antonyms, compound words, balderdash, acronyms, hyperbole: if you don’t know what these are, then this class is a must! Students will learn about interesting specifics of the English language through the use of word games (like Bananagrams, Bingo, Jeopardy, Scrabble, Mad Libs). They might actually have a hard time believing that they are learning English concepts because of how easy wordplay makes difficult concepts!

 

Writing Lab

Bring your writing projects to work on them at any stage, from brainstorming and organizing your ideas, to revising and editing a final version.  Whether it’s a short story or an essay, together, we can make sure that your writing is saying what you mean. 

 

Wonderful World of Harry Potter (2 Hours)

Welcome Witches and Wizards to the Wonderful World Of Harry Potter! After being sorted into each Hogwarts House you’ll go shopping in Diagon Alley and spend your Knuts, Galleons and Sickles. We will make custom wands, and have many duels! Classes will include: Potion Making, Defense Against The Dark Arts, How To Fly A Broom, Care Of Magical Creatures, Herbology and more! We will watch, then discuss snippets of the movies. Points will be awarded to each house throughout the semester and a House winner will be declared. Please join us at the Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry!

 

A World of Color

We are all part of a vast shared space we call Earth. In this class, - COLOR - is not limited to red, blue and green. We will explore each continent and learn about environments and cultures different than our own. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Himalayas, we will explore our wonderful, colorful world! 

 

Yoga

In Yoga, we will give kids an introduction to yoga and mindfulness through a series of games and activities. Mindfulness  is essentially being aware of our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and the surrounding environment. The focus of this class will be getting familiar with the most common yoga poses, moving our bodies, and building the foundation for kids to be able to manage the ups and downs of life without letting stress or other negative emotions build up.

 

Yoga and Relaxation for Teens

Teens today have it tough in our go-go-go world. Between the regular ups and downs of being a teen, increased academic pressure, the over-stimulation that comes with the internet, and the pressure to “perform” worsened by many social media sites, teens need an outlet to unwind and unplug more than ever.  The focus of this class will be providing a space for teens to relax and combat stress, while also helping them develop coping skills they can carry on throughout their adult lives.

 

We will give an introduction to yoga, with spotlights on Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga (more passive types of yoga), and will provide several mindfulness tricks to help identify emotions, unwind, and mentally detach from stress. In addition, we will be incorporating other relaxation activities that students can use at home, like hot foot baths, writing, coloring, etc.

Young Biologists

In this class I will be spreading my passion for biology through interactive science projects and experiments. Students will learn the fundamentals of biology with hands on learning so they can grow to love biology as much as I do. 

 

Young Poets, Songwriters, and Storytellers

This is a project based course in which students will get the option to try out new creative mediums in the beginning of the semester (poetry, songwriting, and storytelling), and will then go on to choose a focus for the rest of the semester. Students will learn more about the creative writing process both through writing themselves, and peer editing others’ work. By the end of the semester, students will have a polished piece or collection of pieces that can be kept for years to come!

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Rock Creek is a drop off enrichment center for home school kids in North San Diego County. We offer classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in both Fall and Spring Semesters.

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Therry Boissonneault

​Telephone : ​949-521-0040

Email : therry@rockcreek.education

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